Kristin White wins Troy University's Virgil Parks McKinley Award for November

Posted: Tuesday, 24 November 2009

TROY, Ala.—Kristin White, an enrollment coordinator for Troy University’s eCampus, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for November.

White, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 2007 and works from the University’s Fort Walton Beach Site, received the award during a ceremony on Tuesday in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Jim Bookout, senior vice chancellor for finance and business affairs, presented the award to White, who was nominated by Olivia L. Britton, associate director of eCampus.

The McKinley Award is the highest honor that Troy University gives to a non-faculty staff member. It is presented monthly to an employee who has demonstrated outstanding attitude, innovation and work ethic. The award was established by former Texaco CEO John McKinley in honor of his father, Vergil Parks McKinley, who was a Troy University professor during the early 20th century and was key to the development of the University’s athletic program. Winners of this award receive an engraved clock and a $350 stipend.

In a letter of nomination, Britton commended White for her work ethic and her fair treatment of others.

“Kristin has excelled in every challenge faced,” Britton said. “She shows integrity by treating everyone she meets equally and fairly. Kristin shows her initiative in making changes where needed so our office can keep up with our ever-growing student population. When Kristin sees a possible problem area, she is able to assess it and be proactive with a solution.”

White is an alumnus of TROY, holding a bachelor’s degree in human services/criminal justice and a master’s degree in counseling and human development.

Joined at the ceremony by members of her family, White said she was humbled to receive the award.

“I love Troy University and the work I do,” White said. “I work with great people and I truly enjoy working with the students. I just feel very honored and humbled to receive this award.”

Jim Bookout

Jim Bookout, senior vice chancellor for finance and business affairs of Troy University, presents the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for November to Kristin White during a ceremony in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus on Tuesday. White, who serves as an enrollment coordinator with the University’s eCampus, was nominated by Olivia L. Britton, associate director of eCampus, and Leilani Evans (left), academic advisor for eCampus. The monthly award is the highest honor given to non-faculty staff members and includes a $350 stipend and an engraved clock.